Summer is almost here. That means barbeques, picnics in the sun, and, for millions of people from around the world, attending festivals in the UK. However, once the music is done and the weekend is over, many simply abandon their belongings in the field.
Some of the supplies left at festivals include tents and sleeping bags are still in perfectly good condition. These are items that are vital for refugees’ survival and comfort, yet most of the time just get throw away. In 2018 alone, over 1 million pounds worth of useful and undamaged supplies were sent to the landfill, rather than to those who need them most.
This year, Help Refugees is changing that.
One of our close friends and partners, Help Refugees, has set up an initiative to salvage the discarded supplies at the end of major UK festivals, such as Glastonbury, Leeds & Reading, and Boomtown. Working alongside Herts for Refugees and FWRD (Festival Waste Reclamation and Distribution), they will send what is collected to refugees in Greece, Calais, and other European locations. This project will not only help reduce festival waste but send the unwanted belongings to people who are struggling to obtain the most basic of resources.
They need volunteers, from anywhere in the UK, to offer their services. Each festival clear-up is a mammoth task, and one or two helping hands won’t be enough. As well as collecting the supplies in the fields, Help Refugees is also looking for volunteers with vans to help with transportation. They are looking for about 200 volunteers, so if you think you would like to do something worthwhile, but low-commitment, this summer, this could be the project for you.